OFIR launches SOS - Stop Oregon Sanctuaries ballot measure drive

Article publisher: 
Stop Oregon Sanctuaries
Article date: 
13 August 2017
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National News
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Oregonians for Immigration Reform has launched a new initiative: Initiative Petition 22 - "Stop Oregon Sanctuaries" - to be placed on the November 2018 statewide ballot. OFIR is now collecting petition signatures.

88,184 signatures of registered Oregon voters need to be collected by July 2018.

Oregon's sanctuary law when passed in 1987 was cited as ORS 181.850.  It has subsequently been amended and is now cited as ORS 181A.820. 

"Since 1987, Oregon Revised Statute 181A.820 has prevented Oregon's state and local law-enforcement agencies from offering their fullest cooperation to the U.S. authorities who seek to identify and detain illegal aliens," said OFIR president Cynthia Kendoll.  She stated further:

"The law has effectively rendered ours a 'sanctuary state' for those in the country illegally.  ORS 181A.820 undermines the rule of law generally and federal immigration law specifically, thwarts the enforcement efforts of the brave men and women who serve on our national-security front lines, and endangers innocent Americans and legal residents."

Besides the deaths and injuries to innocent citizens in Oregon caused by illegal aliens, there are significant fiscal costs to taxpayers for services to illegal aliens.

Founded in 2000, Oregonians for Immigration Reform advocates ending illegal immigration and reducing the excessive levels of legal immigration. In 2014, OFIR spearheaded the successful Protect Oregon Driver Licenses (PODL) Ballot Measure 88 referendum by which Oregon voters rejected Senate Bill 833 that would have granted legal driving privileges to illegal aliens.